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PM Modi exhilarates Bhagwan Basaveshwara's effort to propagate women empowerment centuries ago
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Our land has been blessed with greats who have transformed our society: PM Modi

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today dedicated the holy Vachanas of Basavanna, translated into 23 languages, and addressed an event to mark the inauguration of Basava Jayanthi 2017, and Golden Jubilee Celebration of Basava Samithi, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said India's history is not only about defeat, poverty or colonialism. India gave the message of good governance, non-violence and Satyagraha, he added.

Paying homage to Lord Basaveshwara, he said Basaveshwara had envisioned a democratic arrangement, several centuries ago. He said our land has been blessed with great individuals who have transformed our society. He said reform has always come to our society from within, whenever required. He expressed confidence that reformers would emerge from within the Muslim community itself, to put an end to the pain suffered by some Muslim women, because of the practice of “triple talaq.” He urged the Muslim community not to look at this issue through a political lens.

Describing Lord Basaveshwara’s Vachanas as a basis for good governance, the Prime Minister said the fruits of development such as housing, electricity and roads should reach one and all, without distinction. He said this is the true essence of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.”

The Prime Minister recalled the occasion in November 2015 in London, when he had unveiled the bust of Lord Basaveshwara.

After the event, the Prime Minister walked to the audience to meet the family members of the great Kannada scholar Late Shri M.M. Kalburgi.

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Mr. Khalid Al-Falih calls on the Prime Minister
February 23, 2018
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His Excellency Mr Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, called on the Prime Minister today.

The Minister conveyed personal greetings of His Majesty the King and His Highness the Crown Prince. The Prime Minister requested the Minister to convey his best wishes to them. The Prime Minister also conveyed his thanks for their guidance to strengthening of bilateral retlations, and for according the status of ‘Guest of Honour’ to India at this year’s Janadriyah festival.

The Prime Minister said that there are immense opportunities for Saudi public and private investors in India. Indian economy is growing at a fast pace and as a result there are profitable prospects in sectors such as energy, agriculture and food processing, pharmaceutical and medical devices, fertilizer, petrochemicals and mining. He noted that synergy exists between the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 and various programmes of the Government for economic development of India.

The Prime Minister emphasised that the two countries should look at ways to enhance and diversify bilateral trade and investment and expand all aspects of economic cooperation in accordance with our strategic partnership.